Circulation

Borrowing Privileges

Affiliation Cost Card Used
Students, Faculty, Staff of WCU, ASU, UNCA Free Valid University ID
Not currently student, faculty or staff of WCU $25/annually Become a Friend of the Library. Friends may check out books and music CDs from the general collection. DVDs, ABC Express and Interlibrary Loan services are not included. Friends also receive other benefits such as invitations to special programs.
Teachers employed at a SUTEP Partnership School Free SUTEP teachers receive a free borrowers card.
Must present school identification card with picture, or other proof of current employment and valid picture identification card.
Students, Faculty, Staff of all UNC Campuses Free Must be verified in home library patron system
UNC Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
Students, Faculty, Staff of Southwestern Community College Free Must present a current SCC photo ID or log in to your mySCC account to verify affiliation

 

Checking Out Items

All Hunter Library materials are to be brought to the Circulation Desk to be checked out. Reserve items, materials ordered via ABC Express service, and Interlibrary Loan materials may also be picked up and checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Biltmore Park and distance students may have materials shipped to their locations. More information.

A valid WCU ID Card or Borrower's Card must be presented for ALL materials to be checked out, including reserve items.

A student may check out materials for a faculty member by applying for a proxy card. The faculty member assumes full responsibility for the return of the materials or payment if the materials are lost or damaged.

Loan Periods and Fines

Material Type Patron Type Loan Period Fine Maximum Fine
         
Books and documents from the General Collection Faculty and staff 6 months  No fine  
  Graduate students/Honors students Entire semester  $0.20 per day, per item
 $20.00 maximum per item
  Undergraduate students (except Honors) 30 days (when there are less than 30 days remaining in the semester, due date will be the last day of the semester)  $0.20 per day, per item
 $20.00 maximum per item
  Friends of the Library, SUTEP teachers, SCC students 30 days  $0.20 per day, per item
 $20.00 maximum per item
         
ABC Express, Leisure Collection, Children's Collection Faculty and staff 30 days  $0.20 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
  Graduate students/Honors students 30 days  $0.20 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
  Undergraduate students (except Honors) 30 days  $0.20 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
  Friends of the Library, SUTEP teachers, SCC students 30 days  $0.20 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
         
Media (CDs, Videos, DVDs), Maps Faculty and staff 1 week  $0.25 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
  Graduate students/Honors students 1 week  $0.25 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
  Undergraduate students (except Honors) 1 week  $0.25 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
  Friends of the Library, SUTEP teachers, SCC students 1 week  $0.25 per day, per item  $20.00 maximum per item
         
Course Reserves Faculty and staff  2 hours to 1 week (loan period is determined by faculty member who places the material on reserve)  $0.50 per hour, per item  $50.00 maximum per item
  Graduate students/Honors students 2 hours to 1 week (loan period is determined by faculty member who places the material on reserve)  $0.50 per hour, per item $50.00 maximum per item
  Undergraduate students (except Honors) 2 hours to 1 week (loan period is determined by faculty member who places the material on reserve)  $0.50 per hour, per item $50.00 maximum per item
  Friends of the Library, SUTEP teachers, SCC students 2 hours to 1 week (loan period is determined by faculty member who places the material on reserve)  $0.50 per hour, per item $50.00 maximum per item
         
         
Media Reserves Faculty and staff  4 hours, must be used in the building  $0.50 per hour, per item  $50.00 maximum per item
  Graduate students/Honors students 4 hours, must be used in the building $0.50 per hour, per item $50.00 maximum per item
  Undergraduate students (except Honors) 4 hours, must be used in the building $0.50 per hour, per item $50.00 maximum per item
  Friends of the Library, SUTEP teachers, SCC students 4 hours, must be used in the building $0.50 per hour, per item $50.00 maximum per item

 

It is the responsibility of the borrower to note the due date of an item and to return it on time. To view the list of materials checked out to you and their due dates, log in to your library account.

Courtesy notices (3 days before due date), overdue notices and statements of charges are emailed to your Western Carolina University email address only with the subject line "Circulation Notices". Please read these notices - unpaid accounts are sent to the University One Stop Office on a regular basis and must be paid there.

All fines and fees for overdue materials for student, staff and faculty are payable in-person at the OneStop service center at 119 Killian Annex or online. There may be a delay of one to three business days before library charges are posted to your OneStop account.

Renewals

Most materials can be renewed online. Renewals are not available by phone or email.

Most materials may be renewed twice, unless another patron has put a hold on that material. Leisure Reading Collection books and media materials may be renewed only once.

Items must be renewed or returned to the library by their due date. Renewals may be done online through the library web page. Renewals are declined if the item has been requested by another patron.

Recalls

Any WCU students, faculty or staff member may recall material that is currently checked out. ALL materials, checked out by ANY patron are subject to recall.

You may request a recall at the Circulation Desk. We will notify the current patron that this item has been recalled and it may have an earlier due date. Once the item has been returned, we will send you an email notice, letting you know that the item is on the hold shelf at the Circulation Desk. Recalled items will be kept on the hold shelf for seven days before being returned to the shelves.

If you receive a recall notice, please return the item promptly to the Circulation Desk by the due date. Recalled items CANNOT be renewed.

Lost/Damaged Items

The charge for a lost item is the replacement cost for the item plus a $20 processing fee.

If you pay for a lost item, and return it within six months of the due date, you may be eligible for a refund of the replacement cost; however, the $20 processing fee is non-refundable. If the library has already purchased a replacement copy, the replacement cost is not refundable. In this case, the lost item is the property of the patron.

Damaged materials will be billed according to the amount and type of damage.

Privacy

Please see the library's privacy policy.

Reserves

Reserve items usually check out for in-library use only, and for short periods of time, so that many people may use the same resources. Many items are now available electronically.

Media reserves are kept at the Circulation Desk. You must present the call number of the item you need to the Circulation Desk staff.  If the item is available, you must present your WCU ID Card to check it out.

Course Reserves

Study Rooms

Hunter Library has study rooms of various sizes that may be reserved by individuals and groups. Visit the Group Study Rooms page for details and conditions, and to place reservations online. You may also use the QR codes on the meeting room doors to place a room reservation.

Hunter Library's study rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis when not reserved. If you are using a room without a reservation, you must yield it promptly to individuals or groups who do have reservations.

Hunter Library Room 28 may be reserved only by graduate students. Graduate students with reservations will need to check out the key at the Circulation Desk on the main floor.

Hunter Library Room 48 may be reserved only by Honors College students. Honors College students with reservations will need to check in at the Circulation Desk on the main floor to access the room.

Faculty and Graduate Student closed study rooms are also available for semester-long assignment. Applications may be submitted at the Circulation Desk.

Printing, Photocopying and Other Services

  • Lost and Found - Ask at the Circulation Desk. Found items will be handled per the library's Lost and Found policy.
  • Charging locker - Use the Hunter Library charging locker near the video collection on the main floor to securely charge your phone, tablet or other mobile device without having to sit nearby - Ask at the Circulation Desk.
  • Flash Drives - Available for 24 hour reserve checkout for University faculty, staff & students only. Overdue fine is $0.50 per hour.
  • Document scanner - Hunter Library offers three high-speed scanners located throughout the library and one overhead book scanner near the Circulation Desk that may be used to scan images of documents and send them to an email or Google Docs account, saved to a flash drive, or sent to a handheld wireless device.
  • Printing - Printing services are available in the Technology Commons on the ground floor of Hunter Library. Printers use WCU’s campus-wide pay-for-print system called PAW Print.  Printing costs are $0.05 per black/white page, $0.25 per color page.

    Payment must be made using your CatCard ("CatCash"). You can charge your CatCard with funds using the Add Value machine in the Technology Commons. You can also add funds to your CatCard online, although there may be a delay before the transfer becomes effective.

    If you have questions or problems with the photocopiers or printers, please ask for help at the Technology Commons Desk.

  • Photocopiers:
  • Photocopy service is available in the Technology Commons on the ground floor of Hunter Library. Copies are $0.10 per black/white page and $0.50 per color page.

    Payment must be made using your CatCard ("CatCash"). You can charge your CatCard with funds using the Add Value machine in the Technology Commons. You can also add funds to your CatCard online, although there may be a delay before the transfer becomes effective.

    Photocopiers may also be used to scan pages and send them to an email address free-of-charge; instructions are posted next to the machine, or you can ask for assistance with this at the Technology Commons Desk.

  • Microfilm and Microfiche Readers:

    Microfilm and Microfiche Readers are available in the Reference area on the main floor of Hunter Library. The cost of printing is $0.05 per page with CatCard.

    On select readers you can scan film or fiche materials and then email the scan.  Ask for assistance with this at the Circulation or Reference Desks.

    If you have questions or problems with the film or fiche readers, please ask for help at the Circulation or Reference Desks.

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